01/04/2013 01:28 EST | Updated 01/07/2013 01:48 EST

Eugenio Alfonso Bahamonde, Surrey Teacher, Charged For Selling Drugs

Marijuana is weighed and packaged for sale at the Northwest Patient Resource Center medical marijuana dispensary, Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012, in Seattle. Washington state is on the verge of becoming the first in the nation to let adults over 21 buy taxed, inspected marijuana at state-licensed shops. Supporters of Initiative 502 say allowing recreational pot sales could make drug laws a little more reasonable, prevent thousands of arrests a year, and bring Washington hundreds of millions of dollars to help pay for schools, health care and basic government services. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

A B.C. teacher faces charges after police allegedly witnessed a drug deal near a Vancouver elementary school, said Richmond RCMP on Friday.

Plain-clothes Richmond RCMP officers were conducting an investigation in Vancouver on Nov. 7 when they noticed a driver appear to hand over drugs to a pedestrian near the school, said a news release. The driver also appeared to be smoking marijuana.

The driver was soon arrested in a nearby parking lot and given a 24-hour driving prohibition. A subsequent searched turned up marijuana and evidence of drug trafficking, said RCMP. The driver disclosed to police that he was a teacher when he was arrested.

Eugenio Alfonso Bahamonde, 41, has been charged with trafficking and possession of a controlled substance. He's scheduled to appear in court Jan. 16.

Bahamonde, a substitute teacher, has been suspended by the Surrey school board.

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